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      03-02-2018, 11:16 PM   #23
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I found a pair of Vaico VANOS Solenoids for $70 shipped. I will let you know how it goes.
Where? I need to replace mine too.
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I would buy them from your local auto parts store and price match it to a cheaper online price. I bought a vanos solenoid from Autozone one time and didn't have any issues. Worst case scenario return it the same day. You will know right away if it fixes your issue.
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      06-05-2018, 01:58 AM   #26
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Just bought the cheapest pair from rockauto. 30 bucks each. Will let you know how it goes. I'll bench test their actuation with varying voltage and compare them to my still working, but poor performing stock solenoids. I'm quite curious about how much worse than faulty stocks they may be.

My stock ones gave me occasional very rough running engine with intake timing excessively retarded code being fired off. The problem also results in rough, stumbly idle and weakness in torque, especially at the low end. It happened to me a couple years ago and I fixed it with the cleaning, but lately it's come back. Cleaning the solenoids didn't help this time. I tested them with slowly rising voltage and found they have sticking points along the way and the inner sleeve doesn't thrust all the way to its travel limit when 14V is provided. I could push it the rest of the way with a jeweler's flat screwdriver, and sometimes it got stuck there before I cleaned and jiggled it free. Doing this extra work on the solenoid made it work correctly again for one trip before acting up again.
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I ended up purchasing a pair off of amazon for $70 shipped and they've been working with no issues. The brand was Autex. I haven't seen a half engine light in almost 4 months!
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I ended up purchasing a pair off of amazon for $70 shipped and they've been working with no issues. The brand was Autex. I haven't seen a half engine light in almost 4 months!
Still no limp mode ?
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Still no limp mode ?
Still working great. Haven't seen limp mode since I replaced them.
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